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Family-friendly events in the Charleston area for the week of Sept. 24-30

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Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

It’s the first official weekend of fall! Here are our picks for upcoming events around the Lowcountry you won’t want to miss. Be sure to also check out our Lowcountry Fall Family Bucket List!

Friday, Sept. 24

Do you love fossils? Join Matthew Gibson, curator of natural history for Fossil Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab at The Charleston Museum. Gibson will be on hand to share projects he is currently working on and to help identify your fossil finds. Fossil Fridays are free for members and with paid museum admission for non-members.

Wind down and cool off after a long school and work week at Charleston Aqua Park’s Family Happy Hour from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For only $10, you get to jump on the aqua park and enjoy the beach area every Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer.

It’s the final weekend to enjoy Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition. The exhibit showcases the awe and wonder of arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements while allowing its visitors to experience this art from an up-close, life-sized, and never-before-seen perspective. The exhibit will be on display at Festival Hall through Sept. 26 with time slots available every half hour Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more at

Cheer on the Charleston RiverDogs as they face off against the Down East Wood Ducks as they try to bring the first minor league championship to Charleston in nearly 100 years. The first 1,500 fans will receive a free playoff t-shirt. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Stick around for post-game fireworks.

Saturday, Sept. 25

Kick off the fall season at Jedburg Junction’s Inaugural Apple Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy games, hayrides, food, farm fresh produce, all kinds of apples, the Apple of My Eye talent show, music and more.

Knightsville Pediatric Dentistry in Summerville hosts their 2nd Annual Fall Bash from 2-5 p.m. Enjoy an amazing time featuring a balloon artist, face painting, vendors, giveaways, the Lily Grace Farms petting zoo and a unicorn ride.

It’s time for a Superhero Party at Crosswind Farm! Come in your favorite superhero costume, meet our Wonder Girl and Spider Guy, take photos, ride horses, enjoy the barrel train ride, inflatables, zipline, petting zoo, food, and snacks, and more! This event is from 6-8 p.m. Admission is $15 per child for advanced tickets or $20 at the gate. Adults and babies under 12 months are free.

Enjoy a movie under the stars with your family! Goose Creek Recreation is partnering with Carnes Crossroads to show Frozen II. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at sunset. Food vendors will be on site selling your favorite movie concessions. Parking and admission are free. Safe social distancing will be enforced and masks are required while in lines.

Sunday, Sept. 26

The Summerville Italian Feast is back! Experience authentic Italian cuisine in Hutchinson Square, the heart of downtown Summerville, as well as food of all types from the Lowcountry to tempt every taste bud. Sample as you like and also enjoy Italian wine and beer. Enjoy the entertainment of local artists celebrating Italian Culture and Heritage throughout the day including local talent from the students of Dorchester District II. The festivities start at 11:00 a.m. and end when the last grape is stomped at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Get your hands dirty at the Dill Sanctuary while going on a scavenger hunt and exploring the Museum’s wildlife refuge on James Island! Discovery Day is a new program designed for young learners (ages 2 to 5 yrs) to explore the Museum, historic houses and Dill Sanctuary with a parent or guardian. Program fee ($10/members and $15 non-members) includes admission for one child and one adult.

Visit Bizzy Bee Indoor Play Center from 11 to 11:30 a.m. for Storytime with author Jewel Sweeney. The local Summerville author will read her book The Fire Breathing Dragon from the Adventures of Bugaboo and Ladybug series followed by a craft that goes along with the story. Storytime is free with paid admission.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

At Jr. Naturalist: Feathered Friends, participants will learn about bird adaptations, behaviors, and how to identify common species through hands-on activities and an interactive nature ramble. This event is for ages 8-13 and takes place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at James Island County Park. Registration is $10.

Join Awendaw Green every Wednesday this fall at the Barn Jam, an outdoor concert event featuring five different bands performing original music each week. The first band takes the stage at 5:50 p.m. Event entry is $10. Children under 12 are free.

*Please note – While we make every effort to provide current links and event details, we always encourage you to confirm details with event organizers before making final plans.